Sankey’s late jumper lifts Midway past Wallace

By Adam Capps Sports Editor

February 6, 2014

Midway used a three-pointer from the left corner from Andre Sankey with 8 seconds left to beat Wallace-Rose Hill, 60-56. Midway was led by Quincy Baggett’s 14 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Thompson chipped in 12.

On Senior Night in Spivey’s Corner, Midway led 11-10 after a quarter and a Josh Minnick lay-up as time expired in the first half led to a 32-28 lead at halftime. Midway’s biggest lead came after 3 quarters, when they led 48-42, before the Raiders held on for the thrilling victory in the fourth.

Wallace hit one of 2 free throws with a minute left to tie the game at 55. Midway and Wallace then traded empty possessions. Midway regained possession with 16 seconds left, where assistant coach Matthew Creech drew up the eventual game-winning play. “I had Josh on the low block, and thought Andre would drive baseline and either try to finish or drop it off to Josh” said Creech. “He had an open shot from the corner though that was just too good of a look to pass up on. The guys ran it perfectly and I was really proud of them” finished Creech.

Sankey, who had struggled offensively on the evening, still had the confidence to fire the shot that looked as if it would rattle out, but then came back in. “Coming off my hands at first, it felt like it was going to come hard off of the rim. When I saw it rattle in, I was just thinking, wow, I stepped up and knocked down the big shot for my team, which is my family” said Sankey. “I was glad that my team still believed in me to take the shot, and fortunately I was able to knock it down” finished the Junior guard.

Coach Henry was once again pleased to escape with a nail-biting victory. “They’re so tough. They’re so resilient. They just keep fighting until the end, and never think they’re out of it. I’m proud of the guys, it won’t be easy finishing with four games on the road, but we’re looking forward to it” said Henry, whose team is now 15-3, and 8-2 in conference play.

Midway travels to Trask on Friday, and Clinton Saturday. Clinton and Midway are currently tied atop the conference standings.